Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has given the go-ahead to a Rs.26-crore mega tourism project for integrated development of Amritsar city. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here after a detailed presentation by the State Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department. Principal Secretary Geetika Kalha said that under the mega plan four projects would be taken up, including conservation of the historic gates and the Town Hall along with the Heritage Trail through the Walled City of Amritsar and establishment of a heritage village in the region.

An integrated urban design in the vicinity of the historic gates has been prepared which includes new pavements, lighting, wrought iron benches and lamp-posts.

A museum to showcase the rich heritage of Punjab in general and Amritsar in particular will also be set up to showcase artefacts from the State, she added. – PTI